2004 Bread & Roses Award
By Anna Z. Radkowski-Lee
Outgoing President Karen R. Hitchcock
received the 2004 Bread & Roses Award for
her many contributions to gender equity at the
University at Albany. A positive role model and
an active supporter of the University’s women’s
community throughout her eight-year tenure as
president and her four-year tenure as vice president,
she has provided for two Initiatives For Women
(IFW) Presidential Awards. The new Karen R. Hitchcock
New Frontier Fund will provide monetary awards
to women doctoral students.
Katharine H. Briar-Lawson, dean of the School
of Social Welfare, kicked off the celebration
by welcoming the guests. City of Albany Treasurer
Betty Barnette provided the keynote address “Women
Bridging the Gap: Women as Leaders.” Barnette’s
talk was lively and inspiring, and she stressed
the need to be ready to alter one’s life plans
at any time.
The 18th annual award was presented to Hitchcock
during the 20th Annual Spring Celebration by two
University at Albany professors emeritae, Francine
Wattman Frank and Joan Schulz. Frank taught Spanish,
linguistics, and women’s studies and served as
dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.
Joan Schulz, one of the founders of the Department
of Women’s Studies, taught courses in American
literature and in women’s studies.
The celebration included remarks from Alison
Ciesielski Olin, chair of the Women’s Concerns
Committee; and, Carol Anne Germain, past co-chair
of the Council of Women’s Groups. Judith Johnson
recited a poem she wrote for this occasion. The
celebration concluded with all attendees singing
the Bread and Roses anthem.
The University at Albany Council of Women’s Groups
annually presents the Bread and Roses Award to
individuals and groups who promote gender equity